Cancer fundraiser a Relay for Life |

Cancer fundraiser a Relay for Life

SUMMIT COUNTY – The American Cancer Society and the Summit Jaycees are teaming up to bring the first Relay for Life to the county for what they hope will be an annual fundraiser.

“We just thought it would make a great community event,” said Casey Kellermann, co-president of the Jaycees. “With the American Cancer Society behind you, you really have the opportunity to hit a home run.”

The event’s sponsors are looking for 15 to 20 teams of eight to 12 people each willing to lap the Summit High School track from 7 p.m. Aug. 22 to 7 a.m. the following morning.

Throughout the night, teams will be required to have at least one member on the track at all times. Teams are also invited to bring tents and pitch camp in a “tent city” just south of the track and football field. Entertainment will be provided to participants and spectators in the form of music, a pizza party and other events, Kellermann said.

Opening ceremonies will include a first lap by cancer survivors and comments from Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli, himself a survivor. At 10 p.m. that night, stadium lights will dim for a luminaria ceremony honoring survivors, current patients and those who have succumbed to the disease.

Proceeds from the event will go toward cancer research and to benefit survivors. The team registration fee is $100, although individual members will be asked to raise around an additional $100 on their own. Sponsors of the event, which is one of about 42 such relays around the state, hope it will bring in $15,000 to $30,000 for the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Cancer Society, Kellermann said.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service.

The Jaycees, a junior chamber of commerce open to professionals ages 21-39 in the county, offers members leadership training in addition to community service and networking opportunities.

For further information, call Kellermann at (970) 389-4650 or Jaycees co-president Lynne Hudson at (970) 468-0391.

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